SOLD! | 656 E. 9th Steet. | Chico, CA | $380,000

RARE OPPORTUNITY to own a beautiful 1929 historic Orville Tracy home secluded among Chico’s famed “Storybook” homes. Step through the entry gate (beyond a 13′ privacy hedge) into an enchanted secret garden and lose yourself in its lush setting. This home has it all! The owner has updated this true Chico Charmer to maintain its original vintage character, including gleaming hardwood floors, dual-paned windows, two walls of custom four-panel French doors and 40-year roof (in 2007). Insulation recently added to R-30. Check out the stamped “tin” ceiling in the main bathroom! The light-and-bright kitchen was beautifully remodeled to showcase the stunning reconditioned Merritt & O’Keefe range and features solid surface counters and integrated sink. There is 400 s.f. of additional laundry and climate-controlled storage, with washer/dryer & sink. Private outdoor living areas feature garden patios (perfect for sipping your morning coffee!), spa and hot-and-cold outdoor shower. Plenty of other storage areas (including a basement and enormous attic space with plans drawn for a lovely addition). Extra off-alley concrete parking area in the back with custom security gate. Coffee shops, restaurants, farmer’s market and the magnificent Bidwell Park nearby. This home is in the heart of all of the wonderful things Chico has to offer!

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SOLD! | 1281 E. Lindo Avenue | Chico, California| $370,000

1LOVELY LINDO CHANNEL location! This very special home features a gorgeous 2014 custom Tahoe Blue Pebble Tec pool with Baja shelf, deck jets & multi-color-function pool lights. Many upgrades done since 2009: Roof, HVAC, dual-paned windows, tiled (& refinished hardwood) flooring, exterior paint, upgraded 200 amp electrical panel, and whole house fan. Remodeled kitchen, including granite countertops, glass-tile backsplash, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances (fridge stays), cabinets, and self-closing drawers. Master and guest bathrooms have also been remodeled, w/ granite vanities & tiled bath/shower. Newer wood stove insert will make for cozy winters, and the whole house fan (along with ceiling fans in all bedrooms) will help with your Chico summer utility bills! Roomy bonus room looks out to the back yard, which has been beautifully redone and is perfect for either private reflection or entertaining, with lush-yet-drought-tolerant landscaping, new perimeter fencing, drinking fountain, and a spacious (525 sq ft) composite deck with iron safety railing and shade sail anchors. Near schools, shopping, and In Motion Fitness…this gem of a home has it all!

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SOLD ! | 555 Vallombrosa Ave #34 | Chico, California |$146,000

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LET BIDWELL PARK be your back yard! Beautifully remodeled upstairs unit with dramatic vaulted ceiling, fireplace, fresh interior paint, new carpet and luxury vinyl plank flooring. Light and bright, with track lighting, two skylights, new top-line security glass/screen storm door, and a balcony for enjoying cool Chico evenings. The lovely Woodoak complex is lushly landscaped and features a nice clubhouse, salt-water pool & hot tub, and sauna. New HVAC in 2014, new stainless kitchen sink & fixtures, new laminate counters, newer gas stove. Conveniently close to downtown, bike trails, and shopping. HOA pays trash, landscaping, water, exterior maintenance & insurance. Fridge and TV included; move-in ready!

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Upper Bidwell Park – Take an Aerial Tour!

Just came across this video of Upper Bidwell Park filmed by Josh Lang using one of those fun drones (AKA UAV or “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”)  and a GoPro camera. (Isn’t technology great?!)  The video includes such popular spots as Bear Hole, the Yahi Trail, and North Rim Trail (check out “Monkey Face” at app. 33 second mark; can you make out the monkey’s profile?).  Bidwell Park is truly a Chico treasure, with over 3600 acres of trees, trails swimming holes and creeks, which extend from Upper Park all the way through town, passing the CSUC campus.  It is one of the largest municipal parks in the country, and we have Annie Bidwell to thank for it.

As gorgeous as our park is, it is not without its hazards.  There is the occasional rattlesnake to avoid (make plenty of noise as you hike!), especially as the weather warms up.  And there have been mountain lion sightings, as this recent Chico E-R article warns.  (Sadly, the hiker’s dog–apparently in protective mode–did not make it out alive.) While they typically avoid us human-like creatures, if you see a mountain lion, remember:  DON’T RUN!  Raise your arms to make yourself appear larger and shout at the animal to scare it away.

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But one of the biggest wilderness pitfalls is injury, whether due to hiking accidents or risky activity in the cliff and swimming areas.  HikeSafe.com lists safety precautions and other helpful information such as hiking with your dog.

Chico is SO lovely in the springtime.  So get out there and enjoy…and be safe!DCP_5901

Hiring a Contractor?

 

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I heard on the radio the other day about a rash of scam artists posing as licensed contractors gaining entrance into unsuspecting folks’ homes for unsavory purposes. Scary stuff! If you are considering a remodel or new home construction, read this article to avoid the pitfalls.  Certainly one should ask for references and evidence of insurance and the contractor’s license.  Or go to the California Contractor’s License Board web site to check on a contractor’s license status or for any complaints filed against him or her.

The web site also lists dates for “Senior Scam Seminars” held through California to provide information about construction-related scams and how seniors can protect themselves when hiring a contractor. Sessions feature expert speakers from local, state, and federal agencies, who also present broader topics, including identity theft, auto repair, Medicare, foreign lotteries, and mail fraud.

If someone you know is preparing to embark on a home project, feel free to share this article.  It may help prevent disappointment or worse!

 

 

 

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